RUSH: The news media is trying to make this -- and has been trying to make this -- all about Bergdahl and Bergdahl's parents and so forth. That's a distraction. It was never about Bergdahl. He's the excuse. The thing that is noteworthy here is Obama has always wanted to close Guantanamo Bay.
He's promised to shut down Gitmo; the left is irritated at him. It's cost him some money, in fact, in donations, that Gitmo is still open. To do that, to close Gitmo, he's got to get rid of the remaining terrorists somehow. And he's been itching to find an excuse to do so, some way to make it seem like it's something else besides letting these terrorists go free.
So he does it in the form of a prisoner swap, and he thinks he's gonna get heralded and get credited and thought of as a great guy. "We're gonna get back an American soldier!" This man has never worn a uniform; he disdains people who do. He doesn't understand the culture. Susan Rice is as tone deaf now as she was during Benghazi. These people are embarrassing. They literally are embarrassing.
They have no idea about military culture, military tradition. And if indeed they were blindsided by this and if they even care about being blindsided, that was why. But the point here is to empty Guantanamo. When you empty Guantanamo... Everything has consequences. When you empty Guantanamo, you are replenishing the enemy in a war on terror that is still underway.
These people might want you to think they vanquished Al-Qaeda because they got bin Laden. They might want you to think the War on Terror is over and we moved on to other things, but it isn't. It's still underway, and the Taliban reaction to this is proof positive. So Obama has wanted an excuse, some way to make it look like something else, something other than letting the terrorists run free from Guantanamo.
Now, nobody in the Drive-Bys seems to remember that Obama tried to pull off this swap back in March of 2012. Back then... This may have been reported. If this is being redundant, I'm sorry. He even briefed some in Congress about it, and that's the only reason we ever heard about it, because Dianne Feinstein leaked the story to Foreign Policy magazine, and there was outrage, at least from some in the conservative media.
So Obama had to drop the plan. He wanted to do this two years ago. Now you know why he didn't notify Congress this time around, even though he's required to do so by law. He didn't do so because, A, he loves snubbing them and he knows they're not gonna do anything about it. But he didn't want to have his plans dashed again this time. He is weaker than he was two years ago.
So he tries to do this, goes through channels, and Congress shuts him down. He can't have that, so he just does it and knows full well that nothing is going to happen to him.
Now, he has to lie about that, too. First he claims that the Taliban would kill Bergdahl if this whole thing had been leaked. When that was laughed at, they claimed that Bergdahl was at death's door, and that's why we had to do that.
We know that that's not the case. But, again, ladies and gentlemen, this was never about Bowe Bergdahl, never about Bergdahl's parents. Obama wants to close Club Gitmo. It's one of his biggest campaign promises. But there's something else. He also wants to negotiate with the Taliban. And by "negotiate," he wants to give them power in the Afghan government. This is called appeasement. This is called Citizen of the World kind of stuff.
This is called the new United States, where we bring our enemies in and acknowledge them and respect them. So he wants the Taliban to have power in the Afghan government. The Taliban had refused to negotiate seriously until Obama released their top five lieutenants. So Obama's been chomping at the bit to let 'em loose ever since March of 2012, maybe even before that. Bergdahl was the convenient excuse, and that's why all of this happened. Two things are the take-away: Closing Club Gitmo and, by virtue of that (I cannot emphasize this too much), restocking the enemy with their frontline people.